Review Subaru Impreza
When Subaru says their new Impreza will lay the foundation for our future, it sounds like the usual marketing hype that comes with the launch of any new car, even those that are intended. Availability will sink faster than Jack Dawson when they are finally sold.
But the words seem particularly hollow in this case. After all, how could the small hatch or Impreza convertible be the basis for a future we already know will be immersed in SUVs of all shapes and sizes?
That was 12 months ago, and a quick look at the sales figures since then shows that it’s anything but hype. While most manufacturers are driving the wave of SUV successes in sales, Impreza is embracing that trend holistically and is on track to finish 2017 as the first best-selling product. Subaru, with the Forester brand.
There is clearly something going on with this fifth-generation Impreza, this new platform. So we climbed behind the wheel of the flagship 2.0i-S sedan for a week to find out what it was.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It has a simple, polite and simple design, the Impreza, and we even think it’s a rare case of this car looking better than the hatch.
Looking ahead, the combination of grille and fog lamps stretching at the farthest bottom corner gives Subaru a low and wide appearance, while the 18-inch large alloys and side panels give Impreza a kind Premium, Euro-style sense. And while many Japanese manufacturers take a busy approach to interior design, the Impreza’s cabin is subtly refreshed, with a handful of thriving designs (layer effect on glove box). hand, mixture of materials used on the dashboard, fake -carbonfibre shot into the door edges) designed by a simple, clean and handy interior design.
The two-screen setup looks great, with a home screen dedicated to controlling your main functions and your phone, and a smaller, second monitor above that can handle instructions. directions or safety systems on the vehicle.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The Impreza – like the Mazda3 and Hyundai i30 – raises some tough questions about the small SUV crowd, serving more interior space and more practical perks than smaller, taller rivals.
Inside, the front seats are large, wide and comfortable, two power sources and a total of four USB points (two in the center bin, two in the storage space under the main screen), creating simple phone connections. There are two mugs at the front, as well as a bottle storage at each front door.
There is also plenty of space for the backseat driver, with at least 20 cm of clear air between the knee and the front seat (behind my own 5ft-8 inch driving position), and a head room. widely.
A pull-down divider separating the backseat is home to two cup holders, and bottle storage is available at the back door. Sadly, with no rear vents and no USB or power outlet, you’ll plug your phone into the central storage bins.
The boot opens to reveal a 460-liter space, with a space-saving widget hidden beneath the flat loading shelf.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
The most expensive version of the Impreza Subaru – 2.0i-S – takes you back for a nominal price of $ 33,050 in the convertible, with the hatch version costing over $ 200.
It’s a product on par with the more advanced members of the small car segment (such as the most advanced Mazda3, which hovers around $ 35,000), and you can expect to want a bit in the Impreza. 2.0iS.
Outside, expect 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, auto wiper, proximity lock and self-leveling LED headlights. Inside, you’ll find leather seats, button starters, sat-nav and dual-zone climate control.
Technically, a pair of Apple CarPlay / Android’s auto-equipped 8.0-inch LCD touch screens with six-speaker stereo system, in addition to the usual Bluetooth voice and voice control features.
There is also an impressive comprehensive safety suite provided, but we will go into that under the Safety sub-heading.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder “boxer” engine (meaning the opposing cylinders, like the boxer’s arms going on it) generates 115kW at 6000 rpm and 196Nm at 4000 rpm / minute. It combines with the automatic CVT and sends its power to all four wheels (all-wheel drive system is a Subaru brand).
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Subaru claims 7.2 liters per 100km of fuel use on the combined cycle. Emissions are pegged at 163g / km of the C02. Impreza is equipped with a 50-liter fuel tank, and will sip on cheaper 90ron fuel.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
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Your first impression of Impreza is also one of quality weight, and it doesn’t feel artificial. The doors make a satisfying cry when you close them (this is not always the case with this car), there is a restriction on the steering wheel and a general sense of quality around the cabin.
The Impreza feels so organized, the sound is so mechanical that you expect it to pop out of the light with the aggressiveness of a slightly reduced WRX. And so it’s a bit surprising that it leaves the line, not slow, necessarily, but methodically – a feeling unimproved by the sluggish CVT gearbox.
And I know it all sounds harsh, but it’s also the only real frustration behind the Impreza’s steering wheel, the feeling of being perfectly matched, with the sharp and responsive steering, and a ride. makes you feel constantly with what happens beneath the tires and is rarely uncomfortable, only chime at the strongest impact.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 8/10
The safety story begins with seven airbags (dual front, front, curtain and driver knee pocket) and reversing camera, along with AWD’s Subaru system and conventional traction and brake assist.
The Impreza 2.0i-S also has Subaru’s best safety technology, including blind spot monitoring, lane change assistance, rear cross traffic alert and automatic reverse braking.
SubaruTHER EyeSight Support is also standard, with adaptive cruise, lane departure warning, lane departure warning and AEB operating both front and back.
Impreza achieved a maximum five-star ANCAP safety score when crash testing in 2016.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? 6/10
Like all Subarus, the Impreza has a three-year, unlimited km warranty, and 2.0i-S will require a trip to the service center every 12 months or 12,500km.
Subaru also offers limited price service for the first three years of ownership, totaling $ 1298.